Many old drivers; no license renewal tests

Aug. 25, 2003 at 3:44 PM
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MELBOURNE, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The Australian state of Victoria has 6,984 residents who are between 90 and 104 years old and who are licensed to drive.

The problem is Victoria is the only Australian state that doesn't require license renewal testing for elderly drivers.

The Melbourne Herald Sun said the state has issued driver licenses to 59 Victorians more than 100 years old, including 17 101-year-olds, seven 103-year-old men and a 104-year-old woman, who is the state's oldest licensed motorist.

Victoria, however, may soon adopt compulsory vision, medical and competency testing for elderly motorists.

Officials say older drivers are involved in fewer crashes than younger drivers because they travel fewer miles. But an older driver's risk of being involved in a crash per mile of travel is greater compared with other drivers.

John, a 90-year-old man, told ABC radio he ignored his license renewal application, which would have permitted him to keep driving until he was 100 years old.

He said he voluntarily took himself off the road after he began losing concentration and mistakenly ran through a red light.

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